My client would like to create reminders and events on his iCal calendar such as contract expirations, on-site visits, etc. Can FM do this?
Yes... there are a couple of plugin solutions available...
I think the easiest path is to look for Zulu
Zulu is a very good option, and probably the route I would go, given the choice. However, if you are in a situation were you are not using server, or can't use a plugin for whatever reason...here are 2 approaches that I have used.
Kevin Frank talks about 2 methods...here...I have used both, and they work nicely.
Jonathan Stark, I believe, had demo file on his site a while ago with the Apple Script to add/update events and todos. Files are attached...with proper attribution in the file. I can't access the Apple Script right now, cuz I'm on a PC. It's not entirely optimized, but gives you an idea how to interact with iCal via Apple Script.
Thanks, Lindsay. I visited their site. This might work well for my client.
Thanks, Joshua... These will also work, especially since my client is not presently using FM Server.
FYI, iCal format is just text. You can search for "iCal" and "vCal" and "rfc2445", you'll see the format needed. FileMaker exports text just fine.
Thanks, Beverly... I'll try to export some tests.
Can you be more specific about how I can find info on FMP creation of iCal entries. Where do I search for "iCal", "vCal", and "rfc2445"? I downloaded a webarchive for iCal, but it is pretty technical. Any assistance will be appreciated. I have successfully exported text, but I'm not sure how to format the data or where to send it.
Thanks for the AppleScript reference. I think it may solve my problem.
I'm saying that FM does a wonderful job of EXPORTING text. You must research the FORMAT that is needed for iCal (vCal). Then you calculate the text that gets exported. Often you can name the extension required and these files just OPEN in the calendar you need.
You can also research solutions where this has been done in FileMaker ("filemaker ical"). They may or may not be free.
You should understand the format in either case.
Don't know if this is handy for you (or others) but for doing batches of them Avery (the label company) has free software which converts exports into V-Card format.
Thanks for your help.
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